“We are told to move forward patriotically without ever looking back…”

Elaine Byrne telling like it really is in today’s Irish Times, when she fingers Alan Dukes (damned!) Tallaght strategy which released Fianna Fail from any sense of responsibility for the political consequences of their actions since that time. So that now, more major tribunals than you can shake a stick at later, the consequences are (bleedin’) obvious:

Ireland is at an extraordinary, critical juncture but we have been here before. And on each occasion our innate Irish conservatism kicks in and we embrace the status quo rather than seize the opportunity for fundamental systematic change. Instead, we are told to move forward patriotically without ever looking back.

When the word consequence is missing from the political dictionary then nothing is anybody’s fault. Any willingness to admit unconditionally that mistakes have been made is instead bypassed, like the Taoiseach did on Friday night’s Late Late Show, despite Ryan Tubridy’s best efforts.

We have never any obligation to learn from the past because the mindset of the past remains that of the present. If it is no one’s fault, then of course, no one can be held accountable and therefore nothing needs to change.

And whose fault is that? Fine Gael, the PDs, the Labour Party and now the Green Party put and kept Fianna Fáil in power for 18 of the past 20 years. In all this time, the only consequences have been to the taxpayer. Those responsible for wrong decisions remain in positions of authority without ever introducing real reform.

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  • Mack

    She writes as if the Celtic Tiger (export led boom) never happened. Like we just went through 20 years of hell (that we may be about to notwithstanding). Even from the recent credit boom, we will have long lasting infrastructure in place and the exporting economy is holding up well..

  • Mack

    And the Tallaght Stragey was a new departure. We ditched a high taxation model that had failed to reduce the budget deficit, and released the country from reliance on government spending – we embraced spending cuts, followed by tax cuts that allowed a thousand private sector flowers to bloom and bequethed Ireland one of the lowest debt-to-gdp ratios in the developed world.

    Perhaps she means we failed to tackle corruption or the susceptability for politicians to fall under the spell of special interests (bankers and builders).. The time is ripe for that!

  • Mick Fealty

    I think her point is a lot more simple than that… when the opposition become cheerleaders for he government (come hell or highwater) then who guards the guards…

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    This is a poorly written and ill thought out piece, lumping different things in together to make her point, which is – lets head off in any direction as long as it is not the one FF chooses.

    National government and consensus are what is required and the two former FG leaders suggesting that NAMA is the best way forward is as close as we are going to get to it.

    When the Irish Times starts to slide the country must really be in the shit.

  • KieranJ

    “Ireland is in the deepest crisis since the foundation of the State. According to the IMF, our recession is the “deepest being endured by any advanced economy”.

    Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

  • aquifer

    Does the crisis have to become a collapse before people make hard decisions?

    Maybe PRSTV is too forgiving a political system, allowing locally based incumbents to linger too long, seeking favours for their own. Parties should be able to rule their representatives before they rule the country.